FILM 3002 - Curation & Cinephilia: The Adelaide Film Festival

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This course charts the development of international film festival cultures and their historical and contemporary role in art house and national cinemas. In the first part of the course, we will examine in detail the history of selected film festivals (such as Cannes, Venice, Sundance and Toronto) and demonstrate how the year-round festival circuit facilitates global flows of films across the world. Moving from the old to the new, from the national to the transnational, from the state-funded and controlled to the independent and the grass-roots, we shall explore how film festivals involve a number of timely concerns: cultural exchange, political economy, the communal experience of film screenings, and the construction of national identities. What happens at a film festival? What role does it play? Who chooses what a festival shows? Does it allow audiences to hear new voices in global cinema? Does it offer filmmakers a platform to share their stories? Or is it something akin to 'soft power'; a form of cultural diplomacy that can be expertly used to leverage one nation's agenda over another? In the second half of the course, we will go behind the scenes at Adelaide's celebrated biennial Adelaide Film Festival to investigate the processes behind the curation, exhibition and distribution of the films selected to appear at the Festival, and the logistical challenges at play during the planning phase. Spending time with Festival staff, students will gain first-hand real-world experience of arts curation and work- integrated learning. In collaboration with the Festival, students will also be given discounted tickets to films of their choice, and then research the origins of their selected films and investigate why they have been selected to appear in the Festival. With input from Festival staff, we will go on to consider the role of the Festival itself, and highlight how such an event can enrich the community in a local and international perspective.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FILM 3002
    Course Curation & Cinephilia: The Adelaide Film Festival
    Coordinating Unit School of Humanities
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study, including at least 3 units of Level II FILM courses
    Course Description This course charts the development of international film festival cultures and their historical and contemporary role in art house and national cinemas. In the first part of the course, we will examine in detail the history of selected film festivals (such as Cannes, Venice, Sundance and Toronto) and demonstrate how the year-round festival circuit facilitates global flows of films across the world. Moving from the old to the new, from the national to the transnational, from the state-funded and controlled to the independent and the grass-roots, we shall explore how film festivals involve a number of timely concerns: cultural exchange, political economy, the communal experience of film screenings, and the construction of national identities.
    What happens at a film festival? What role does it play? Who chooses what a festival shows? Does it allow audiences to hear new voices in global cinema? Does it offer filmmakers a platform to share their stories? Or is it something akin to 'soft power'; a form of cultural diplomacy that can be expertly used to leverage one nation's agenda over another?
    In the second half of the course, we will go behind the scenes at Adelaide's celebrated biennial Adelaide Film Festival to investigate the processes behind the curation, exhibition and distribution of the films selected to appear at the Festival, and the logistical challenges at play during the planning phase. Spending time with Festival staff, students will gain first-hand real-world experience of arts curation and work- integrated learning. In collaboration with the Festival, students will also be given discounted tickets to films of their choice, and then research the origins of their selected films and investigate why they have been selected to appear in the Festival. With input from Festival staff, we will go on to consider the role of the Festival itself, and highlight how such an event can enrich the community in a local and international perspective.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ben McCann

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. contextualise the history and cultural imperatives of film festivals and how they operate within local and global environments
    2. evaluate the aims of selected case studies of local and international film festivals
    3. apply theoretical and critical skills to practical tasks in the running of a film festival
    4. explain the professional activities and issues involved in the running of a film festival
    5. discuss the importance of a film festival as cultural and civic event
    6. demonstrate a creative response to a series of films screened at a film festival
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 4, 5, 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2, 4, 5, 6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 4, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All reading material will be provided through Canvas.
    All films will be screened in the allocated seminar class.
    Recommended Resources
    Marijke de Valck, Brendan Kredell, Skadi Loist (eds.) (2016), Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice, London: Routledge.

    Kenneth Turan (2002), Sundance to Sarajevo: Film Festivals and the World They Made, Los Angeles: University of California Press.
    Online Learning
    This course will use MyUni, Echo360 and other resources to be announced.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Workload - structured learning Total hours
    8 x 1 hour lectures 8
    8 x 2 hour seminars 16
    4 x 2 hour group consultations 8
    14 x 2 hour screenings at the Adelaide Film Festival 28
    TOTAL 60
    Workload - self-directed learning Total hours
    3 hours per week of reading 36
    2.5 hours research / lecture preparation per week 30
    2.5 hours assignment preparation per week 30
    TOTAL 96
    GRAND TOTAL 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    Classes will comprise a mixture of screenings, guest lectures, industry events, internships at the Adelaide Film Festival, mini-lectures, small group activities and writing workshops.  For the detailed work schedule, see the Course Booklet (available on MyUni to enrolled students).
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are expected to read the texts set for the given weeks in advance and prepare their answers to any set questions, as required.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    n/a
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Task type Weighting Course learning outcomes
    Research project Summative and formative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Mini research essay Summative and formative 20% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
    Film review Summative and formative 10% 6
    Reflective journal Summative and formative 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    n/a
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Description % weighting
    Research project Students will critically analyse the role and cultural significance of a chosen film festival (c.1000 words) 20%
    Mini research essay Students will write a 1000-word essay on a specific topic in the course 20%
    Film review Students will write a 500-word film review on a chosen film screened at the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival 10%
    Reflective journal Students will develop a portfolio of bibliographic material, interviews, images and stills, and critical analysis on 4 chosen films screened at the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival (c. 2000 words) 50%
    Submission
    All assignments will be submitted electronically on or before the due date.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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